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Birds Eye View of Delhi In 1902 – Old Print
This print is a page from the vintage journal Black & White of December 27, 1902. The picture is captioned “Where the Durbar Will Be Held: A General View of Delhi.” Organized by Lord Curzon the 1903 Delhi Durbar ( or Imperial Durbar) was a grand ceremony. It marked the succession of King Edward VII as the new King-Emperor of the British Empire in 1901.
Succeeding his mother Queen Victoria who had ruled for 25 years. King Edward reigned only for 9 years and was succeeded by King George V in 1910. Delhi again would be the future location for the durbar in 1911. In which King George V announced the shifting of British India’s capital from Calcutta (Kolkata) to Delhi. The building of the new capital was completed in 1929 and inaugurated in 1931.
Here the picture shows the beautiful Delhi of 1902. The photo was likely taken from the Jama Masjid. The Jama Masjid was built by Shah Jahan. This was after he relocated the Mughal capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad the walled city that he built. The British would rename it Delhi.
See my post Aerial View of Rashtrapati Bhavan & Parliament – Old Postcard. Read also Shahjahanabad.
Did you know- the Red Fort was originally white in colour. Research unraveled that the Fort was made up of limestone, when the stone started to wither away, the British painted it Red to preserve it.
From the collection- Drawing Hiding The Taj Mahal WW2., Sitaram Buildings Market & Trams Bombay-Old Postcard 1908., French India Colonial Bungalow With Punkah – Old Photo 1870., German Map Of Bombay Stamped Eagle & Swastika
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.